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General Information
Project duration: 
Sunday, 1 April, 2018 to Thursday, 31 December, 2020
Total budget: 
EU Contribution: 
Partnership Composition: 
Organisation nameFunctionCountryWebsite linkECCP linkIs Cluster Organisation ?
SCS Secured Communicating Solution cluster
mTSW microTEC Südwest
DSP Valley
MESAP innovation Cluster
MBI Mont-Blanc Industries
PMT Pôle MecaTech
MTC Manufacturing Technology Centre
United Kingdom
GAC group

IoT4Industry project (fully name “Towards smarter means of production in European manufacturing through the use of the Internet of Things technologies” ) is a three years  project aiming to enable European manufacturing SMEs to integrate the use of IoT and related components to enhance their productivity, profitability, innovation capacities and keep them competitive on the global scale. The concept of the project is to put together leading-edge ICT and Advanced Manufacturing clusters to identify, connect, and encourage collaboration between relevant innovation actors of their respective networks and beyond, with SMEs as a first target.

This main objective will be accompanied by two positive side effects that are secondary project objectives: first increase business opportunities for technology providers, and in particular SMEs, providing IoT and related solutions to the manufacturing industry. Second, improve and make smarter machines, robots and other products developed by tool manufacturers, and in particular SMEs, improving their innovation capacity.

The IoT4Industry project articulates perfectly with national, regional and European initiatives, in the field of smart industry / smart manufacturing like SAE, EFFRA, EPOSS, I4MS  and this close interaction ensures alignment both in terms of strategies, implementation issues and cross-fertilisation between the different countries, regions and actors.

The project in the framework of the European H2020-INNOSUP-2016-2017 acts as a “catalyzer”of a new industrial value chain: it will identified 300 SMEs interested in the matter of smart manufacturing  selecting “champions” SMEs ,  providing them training and matchmaking actions and finance their  IoT cross-border and cross-sectoral collaborative projects .

The applicants will be able to choose one among three types of vouchers corresponding to the stage of their collaborative project (from the idea to the implementation):

  • Feasibility studies will target companies having an idea of the intended project a purpose but with needs for further analysing the technical aspects, the intellectual property issues, the design study, etc.
  • Prototyping instrument will target companies having already carried out a feasibility study, and having the need develop a prototype, spend efforts in miniaturisation, testing, etc.
  • Demonstration / pilot instrument will target companies having already developed and tested a prototype, with the need to demonstrate its efficiency on a larger scale..

IoT4Industry includes 3 ICT clusters [The French Secured Communicating Solution cluster (SCS) the german microTEC Südwest (mTSW) and DSP Valley in Belgium ] including 2 ESCA Gold Labels and 3 Advanced Manufacturing clusters (the Italian MESAP, the french Mont-Blanc Industries (MBI), Pôle MecaTech (PMT) in Belgium and one technology center in United Kingdom (MTC Manufacturing Technology Centre) : they aim at bringing to an upper level the development of the new value chain of smart manufacturing, increasing the efficiency of the production if possible without moving the production to low-cost countries, that is maximizing the impact of theIoTisation” of industrial SMEs and contribute to a more prosperous Europe

They represent the so called BLUE BANANA also known as the European Megalopolis or the Manchester–Milan Axis, is a discontinuous corridor of urbanisation in Western Europe, with a population of around 111 million. The concept was developed in 1989 by RECLUS, a group of French geographers managed by Roger Brunet. 

IoT4Industry has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N° 777455

  • The project will support the development of smarter manufacturing tools/processes through the integration of IoT and related technologies in the existing manufacturing value chain. This will create a new industrial value chain. SMEs are the main beneficiaries of the project, both on the ICT and manufacturing sides.
  • SMEs offering IoT technologies oriented towards industrial use cases constitute a rather recent business sector that can be considered as emerging. The project will support these companies in finding new business opportunities and will contribute therefore to their development
  • One of the main objectives of the project is to modernize the manufacturing capacity of European industrial SMEs which represent nearly half of the value added by manufacturing. This will recover, maintain and eventually increase their competitiveness on the global scale and contribute to the re-industrialization of the EU’s industrial base.
  • The project brings together clusters with IoT expertise and manufacturing clusters from the most industrial regions of Europe. These clusters can reach out through a large panel of SMEs and other innovation actors (large companies, research centers, technology platforms, universities, engineering schools and other RDI actors) from both sectors in order to support their collaboration. Besides the consortium network, “Ambassador clusters” in less industrially developed EU regions and other networks (Enterprise Europe Network, the European Cluster Collaboration Platform…) will support the outreach to SMEs and other innovation actors across the EU.
  • The project will address the needs for technological SMEs to be aware of and better understand the possible use cases within smart manufacturing, and on the other side (industry), the existing technologies and the opportunities of modernization. This will stimulate innovation on both sides (supply and demand).
  • The project will coordinate and facilitate cross-sectoral and cross-border cooperation among SMEs and other innovation stakeholders through the implementation of a multiple vouchers system so as to allow new collaborative partnerships as well as projects to emerge and to be developed by providing Matchmaking opportunities.

IoTization: BARRIERS versus AMBITIONS 


  • Many IoT SMEs have designed products for different markets such as transportation, health, automotive, and haven’t thought about their potential use in industrial / manufacturing applications;
  • Many small manufacturing companies, especially in more traditional sectors like food, perfumes, wood,papers, packaging, etc. are still using aged machines and old processes, and are apprehensive about the efforts necessary to modernize their production;
  • Need for manufacturing companies to scale up the integration of IoT components; 


  • The IoT4Industry project will raise awareness of such SMEs about this potential through the training sessions, and bring the most interested ones surely towards potential projects, finding relevant industrial users through the matchmaking activities, and funding feasibility studies using vouchers;
  • The IoT4Industry project will raise awareness of manufacturing SMEs about the potential for modernizing their production capacity through the extensive offer represented by the ICT clusters of the consortium and SMEs (identified in the Expressions of Interest), and will help them to progressively put in place the right partnerships and the right tools (including financial support through vouchers) to achieve this goal;
  • IoT4Industry will help companies to develop prototypes and fund large-scale demonstration activities to scale-up the deployment of IoT components within tools makers and manufacturing companies.